Feb 07, 2016
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JOURNEY
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Short stories with lasting effects in: JOURNEYS OFF THE ROAD

By Alan Hilfiker

Rating:  star star star star star 

In JOURNEYS OFF THE ROAD, Hilfiker offers a motley collection of short stories whose focus ranges from World War II Germany to man’s relationship with nature.

WELKNER
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Advanced computer technology used in gambling turns from wealth to a nightmare in: U.S. VS WELKNER

By Sonny Hayes

Rating:  star star star star star 

Siblings take gambling to a whole new level when they realize they can use a time advanced satellite system to make mega bucks.

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Humorous personal essays reveal the traumas and triumphs of growing older in: 53 IS THE NEW 38 – Tales of Indignity and Middle Age

By Michael Anthony Turpin

Rating:  star star star star star 

In more than two dozen short personal essays, Turpin offers his quirky take on parenting, weight control, surgery, grey hair, birthdays, dentistry, college life, brothers, and other topics related to daily life.

BEARD
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It’s a pirate’s life in: CAPTAIN NO-BEARD

By Carole P Roman

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this delightful journey, Captain No Beard takes children to the world of pirates and reveals the possibilities of imagination.

MONSTERLAND
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An amusement park featuring werewolves, vampires, and zombies is a facade for a diabolical plan: MONSTERLAND

By Michael Phillip Cash

Rating:  star star star star star 

The owner of Monsterland invites teens to opening day with a dare: “Let’s see if Monsterland can scare the daylights out of you.”

TRANSFORMED
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An unconventional trio battle crime in colorful San Francisco in: TRANSFORMED: SAN FRANCISCO

By Suzanne Falter and Jack Harvey

Rating:  star star star star star 

A transman, a dominatrix, and a hard-boiled lesbian cop work to defeat a murderous plot in San Francisco.

CROSSBACK
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Angels, demons and supernatural warriors battle in: CROSSBACK

By Paul Proffet

Rating:  star star star star star 

Recovering from defeating an ancient demon, Doyle and Briar gather warriors to hunt down and stop a sinister entity targeting children.

AVERAGE
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Experiences in an alternate universe create a wake up call in an average student’s life in: KING OF AVERAGE

By Gary Schwartz

Rating:  star star star star star 

While on a quest to be a mediocre king in a parallel universe, an underachieving preteen discovers that there’s more to life than being average.

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Sound, engaging advice on entrepreneurship in: SET YOUR OWN SALARY

By Clinton E. Day

Rating:  star star star star star 

An insurance entrepreneur offers advice to other would-be entrepreneurs on coming up with a product, starting a business, and making it successful.

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Stories that elicit eerie anticipation in: NIGHTMARES – UNHINGED

By Joshua Viola

Rating:  star star star star star 

Often floating between reality and another realm, these dark stories inspire a spectrum of emotions and an eeriness that incites the imagination.

ODD
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Capital secrecy, mystery and murder in: THE ODD FELLOWS SOCIETY

By C. G. Barrett

Rating:  star star star star star 

A Jesuit priest stumbles upon a secret society determined to remain secret, and members will kill, if necessary, to maintain secrets that are centuries old.

MECCA
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Danger and intrigue when an American woman moves to Saudi Arabia and befriends a Saudi woman in: EAST OF MECCA

By Sheila Flaherty

Rating:  star star star star star 

An American woman living in Saudi Arabia faces the hardships, anxiety and betrayals of life in a theocratic dictatorship.

PRELAPSARIAN
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An idealistic young drug smuggler has the one drug to save humanity in a post apocalyptic world in: THE PRELAPSARIANS

By John Gaiserich

Rating:  star star star star star 

A group of hardened mercenaries take an idealistic young smuggler under their protection as she transports a cache of the one drug that keeps humanity alive.

SASHA
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A surprising and moving relationship develops in: AND THEN THERE WERE THREE

By Julia Fox

Rating:  star star star star star 

In AND THEN THERE WERE THREE, Fox tells the story of her unconventional three-person relationship through a series of sixty-seven letters addressed to her beloved.

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Inspirational insights on spiritual progress lead to emotional and mental wellness in: MAYBE GOD HAS A BETTER IDEA

By Robb F

Rating:  star star star star star 

A collection of life experiences and lessons learned turn into thought-provoking insights and life-changing activities.

PLACES
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Time spent mothering an elderly mother produces a collection of “mom-isms” in: TRADING PLACES: BECOMING MY MOTHER’S MOTHER

By Sandra Bullock Smith

Rating:  star star star star star 

A daughter shares lessons learned from her eldercare experiences.

ENDINGS
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Rich character studies in: ENDINGS—Poetry and Prose

By William Poe

Rating:  star star star star star 

Poe pulls back the curtain on some desperate characters, from a gay man looking for love in the wrong places, to a tormented boy who wants to be a tiger, to a woman who’d rather die than spend another night with her violent husband.

WARREN
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An alcoholic drug addict gets more than he bargains for when he impersonates a P.I. in: WARREN LANE

By Andrew Diamond

Rating:  star star star star star 

An alcoholic ne’er-do-well poses as a private detective on a whim, but may be in over his head.

MOXIEDECISION
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Determination turns a helpless princess into a self-sufficient woman in: MOXIE’S DECISION

By Hank Quense

Rating:  star star star star star 

A teen princess plans revenge when she learns that her sly uncle takes over her rightful place as queen.

SHRIVERS
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Humanity’s attempt to survive first contact with a civilization that reaches back to the early days of the universe in: SHRIVERS

By Jeb Kinnison

Rating:  star star star star star 

Humanity has finally found peace among the stars thanks to quantum gateway technology, replicators, and powerful AIs. Before the dust can settle, the riddle of the Fermi Paradox is answered in the worst way possible.

BIGBANG
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FROM THE BIG BANG TO YOUR CELLS: A fascinating look at the origin of minerals through to their role in the human body

By Ryan Kane

Rating:  star star star star star 

The essential compounds in the human body today can be traced in detail from the beginning of the universe to their impact in daily life.

MOON
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Indifference and love, past and present, and east and west collide in: TWO TALES OF THE MOON

By Jennifer Sun

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Will Donovan needs advice about selling his business to a larger company with potential ties to China, he makes use of his sister’s friendship with Lu Li, an investment banker, and they both must make peace with their pasts and decide which path their futures will take.

INTIMACY
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A Life of faith and humility converge in INTIMACY WITH GOD: One Man’s Journey

By Rob Oberto

Rating:  star star star star star 

Pastor, teacher, speaker and writer Rob Oberto describes how we can encounter God in a real, inspiring way in the midst of ordinary life.

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Exploration of faith and spirituality in: A JESUIT TALE

By John Shekleton

Rating:  star star star star star 

A Jesuit priest is kidnapped by Guatemalan reactionaries, and two old friends from seminary must stage a rescue.